The Pirates and first baseman Gaby Sanchez agreed on a one-year, $1.75 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration on the same day teams and arbitration-eligible players exchanged salary figures.

The team exchanged figures with representatives of the three other arbitration-eligible players: Neil Walker, James McDonald and Garrett Jones.

Sanchez, eligible for arbitration for the first time, earned $483,000 in 2012. His 2013 contract carries performance incentives that could boost his salary.

He joined the Pirates at the trade deadline after the Pirates sent Gorkys Hernandez and a draft pick to the Miami Marlins. He hit .241 in 50 games with the Pirates, splitting time with Jones at first base and likely will continue to do so this season.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team prefers to sign players before arbitration hearings.

"But, if that becomes unavoidable, that's where we take it," he said.

Walker and McDonald are arbitration eligible for the first time, and Jones is arbitration eligible for the second time. Those three and Sanchez were among 133 major-league players who filed for arbitration by the Tuesday deadline.